Distracted Driving Remains a Serious Safety Issue in the United States

Woman drinking coffee and talking on phone while driving

Even though most states have strict laws against using handheld devices while driving, too many motorists continue to engage in this unsafe and irresponsible behavior. While it may only take a few seconds to send a text, it only takes a moment of distraction for a devastating accident to occur. In fact, according to federal studies, over 3,000 people are killed each year in distracted driving accidents. TrueMotion Inc. is a technology company that tracks motorists’ phone usage in exchange for certain insurance incentives and other rewards. The data confirms that far too many drivers continue to endanger themselves and other motorists sharing the road by talking or texting while driving.

TrueMotion developed proprietary apps for a range of insurance companies, including MetLife, Inc., The Progressive Corporation, and The Travelers Companies. The data collected in these apps is not shared with any external parties. However, TrueMotion was able to share data from their analysis of approximately 30,000 drivers using two free apps, including TrueMotion Family and Mojo. TrueMotion Family is targeted to parents of teenage drivers, and Mojo is an incentive-based app that allows subscribers to collect points for safe driving habits and exchange those points for rewards.

Distracted Driving Percentages

The data revealed the following distracted driving statistics for every 100 drivers:

  • Thirty drivers are distracted less than five percent of the time
  • Twenty drivers are distracted five to 10 percent of the time
  • Fifteen drivers are distracted 10 to 15 percent of the time
  • Ten drivers are distracted 15 to 20 percent of the time
  • Seven drivers are distracted 20 to 25 percent of the time
  • Five drivers are distracted 25 to 30 percent of the time
  • Three drivers are distracted 30 to 35 percent of the time
  • Two drivers are distracted 35 to 40 percent of the time
  • One driver is distracted 40 to 45 percent of the time
  • One driver is distracted 45 to 50 percent of the time

TrueMotion also collected data on drivers traveling in the vicinity of New York and Los Angeles and found that motorists are particularly distracted during the summer months and around the holidays. According to the marketing director for TrueMotion, the average percentage of texting while driving is 9.1 percent on a weekday. That figure increased to 13.5 percent on Thanksgiving and 12.1 percent on Christmas.

On a positive note, TrueMotion’s data suggested that distracted driving levels have gone down, most likely as a result of stricter laws, media coverage, and heightened awareness. Laws are effective, but in order to really make a difference, more states need to adopt hands-free legislation. Motorists know that they should not text and drive, but until there are laws in place, and those laws are enforced, they will continue to do it.

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Justice for Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents

If you or someone you know was seriously injured in a distracted driving car accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will determine who is responsible for causing the accident and ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will not stop fighting for you until you are completely satisfied. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

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